Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe | Little Luna

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe | Little Luna

What’s a Thanksgiving dinner without cranberry sauce? It’s sweet and savory and goes so well with all the other dishes on the Thanksgiving table.

No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without cranberry sauce! Spread it on your turkey, rolls, and mashed potatoes for a luscious cranberry flavor.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

I just love Thanksgiving. Is there anything better than getting all your friends and family together for a big meal? Especially when that meal involves turkey, rolls and mashed potatoes? I don’t think so!

You can’t eat any other Thanksgiving dinner staple without cranberry sauce! It’s as essential as rolls and potatoes! Having said that, forget about canned cranberry sauce and go straight to homemade! It’s worth it – trust me.

This recipe is all you need to make a delicious bowl of cranberry sauce. It’s super easy and perfect for making ahead. It will keep in the refrigerator for a while, so it’s perfect for leftover turkey sandwiches. Ok!

How to Make Cranberry Sauce

berry. You’ll need about 1 pound of fresh cranberries for this recipe. Wash and dry them before you start!

boil. Combine cranberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring everything to a boil, then bring the mixture to a boil. Add the cinnamon stick, allspice, and nutmeg.

simmer. Simmer this for 5-7 minutes. just to let you know, Some cranberries will burst and some will remain whole. This is completely normal. After about 5-7 minutes, add the orange juice and zest.

Cool the cranberry sauce before serving. Done and done!

Cranberry Sauce Prep Information

This time of year, make-ahead dishes make my life a lot easier. That’s one of the reasons I love this cranberry sauce recipe. Make it a week in advance and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Perfect! !

It also freezes beautifully! To prevent freezer burn, make sure to keep it in an airtight freezer-safe container. Use it within two months for best results. Let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator before you’re ready to serve.

Cranberry Sauce is delicious with just about every other Thanksgiving/Holiday dish. Serve it on the side of the roast turkey. Spread it on soft homemade rolls. Or combine it with your mashed potato and green bean casserole. No matter how you eat it, it’s the most delicious side dish that will never go out of style!

You really have to make your own because it’s better than any canned version. Honestly, it will be a staple of your holiday party. 😉

For more classic Thanksgiving recipes, check out:

Prep time 10 minutes

Cook Time 7 minutes

Total time 17 minutes

Calories 1128 kcal

by Lil’ Luna

  • 1 pound fresh cranberries washed and dried
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1 orange zest and juice
  • Place cranberries, sugar and water in a medium pot over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add cinnamon stick, allspice, and nutmeg. Simmer for 5-7 minutes. (Some cranberries will burst, some will stay whole).

  • Add orange juice and peel. Cool before serving.

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